FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Joanne Pentangelo 718-273-2060 ext 154

Contact: Joanne Pentangelo
718-273-2060 ext 154
[email protected]
New Director of Education Joins the Staten Island Children’s Museum
April 4, 2014 --The Staten Island Children’s Museum is pleased to announce that Karen Jarmon has joined
the staff as the Museum’s new Director of Education. Ms. Jarmon replaces Addy Manipella, who has
retired after 27 years of service to the Museum, the students and the education community of New York
City. Prior to joining the Museum, Karen spent 4 years as Education Director at The Jewish Lens, a
national non-profit educational organization.
A passionate advocate for informal, museum-based education; the seeds were planted during her
childhood when she spent countless hours exploring museums and learning about nature in her native
Massachusetts. During college, she was a summer intern in the Education Department at The Brooklyn
Museum which inspired her career in museum education.
A longtime education leader in the field of children’s museums, Karen worked at Brooklyn Children’s
Museum as the Teacher Services Manager and at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, as the Director of
Education, among others. Karen received her BFA in Education from University of Massachusetts, and
her MS in Education, with a Specialization in Museum Leadership from Bank Street College, NYC.
Karen states, “I am delighted to be joining the staff at the museum. I am excited to step into this position,
whereby I can help each visitor learn and create meaning by engaging with multi-disciplinary exhibits and
authentic objects.”
“The Staten Island Children’s Museum began its history as a destination for school groups. For the past 40
years we have been a partner with the Department of Education to provide cultural enrichment programs
for all students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. We look forward to continuing this relationship
and I’m confident that Karen will ensure that the Museum will make available all of our resources to our
community’s students, teachers and families,” said Dina Rosenthal, Executive Director.
Karen and her husband are the parents of two teenaged daughters, and they reside in Brooklyn.
The Staten Island Children’s Museum is located on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens,
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 pm during
the school year; 10 am to 5 pm weekends, summers and most public school holidays. For more information call 718273-2060, email [email protected], or visit our website,
The Staten Island Children’s Museum is housed in a building owned by the City of New York and its operation is made
possible, in part, with public funds provided through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs with support from the
Staten Island delegation to the NYC Council and the Staten Island Borough President. Significant operating support is
also provided by the NYS Council on the Arts, Corporations, Foundations, the Trustees and Members.